About
“[1 of ] The 5 Best Genre-Defying Albums Of 2010” -NPR // I can bring UNIQUE MAGIC to your track using my skills as a top line melody writer, co-writer, arranger, producer, male singer (lead or backing) or multi -instrumentalist. Hello, My name is David and I'm a utility knife. I've recorded for FAT CAT RECORDS, I've arranged + mixed for FRIGHTENED RABBIT and provided string, horn and choral arrangements for PENNY & SPARROW. My music has been used by SHOWTIME, THIS AMERICAN LIFE and several feature films, including a premiere at TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL. Radio-ready recordings heard on NPR, BBC, WNYC, KKXT, etc. My solo recordings are represented by BANK ROBBER MUSIC / ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING. I am a valuable addition to your team however you need me, as a producer, co-writer, arranger, top line melody writer, or male singer (lead or backing). “….a kind of junior Jim O’Rourke, a musical polymath whose records have the potential to spiral off in any or every direction” -The Wire “...suddenly something startling was happening, and the audience noticed it.“ -New York Times “Exuberant, messy and glorious” -NPR "...lush production and recordings full of brilliant nuance.” -Tiny Mix Tapes “With discreet orchestration worthy of Van Dyke Parks and poignant, quavering vocalizing, D.K. Daniels’ fourth release, Sharp Teeth, is a collection of musical dramas rife with ambiguity, wry understatement, and majesty.” -SF Weekly “A beguiling example of the kind of risk taking that is sadly missing in most modern music” -The Music Fix “Yes!“ -Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
General Info
 
First Name:
David Karsten
Last Name:
Daniels
Age:
40
City:
Bend
Country:
United States
Songwriting Info
 
I am a:
Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Topline Writer
Looking for a:
Songwriter, Lyricist
Preferred collaboration style:
video chat, email, cloud storage
Genres:
Electronic, Folk, Hip Hop/Rap, Indie, Pop, Singer/Songwriter
I'm strongest at:
topline writing/hooks, melodies, chord progressions, arrangements
Instruments I write with:
guitar, piano, vocals, drums, bass
Sounds like:
fun., Lana Del Ray, Mirah,
Influences:
Wilco, Radiohead, Mirah
Songwriting is my:
part-time job
Songwriting Achievements:
“[1 of ] The 5 Best Genre-Defying Albums Of 2010” -NPR

“….a kind of junior Jim O’Rourke, a musical polymath whose records have the potential to spiral off in any or every direction” -The Wire

“...suddenly something startling was happening, and the audience noticed it.“ -New York Times

“Exuberant, messy and glorious” -NPR

"...lush production and recordings full of brilliant nuance.” -Tiny Mix Tapes

“With discreet orchestration worthy of Van Dyke Parks and poignant, quavering vocalizing, D.K. Daniels’ fourth release, Sharp Teeth, is a collection of musical dramas rife with ambiguity, wry understatement, and majesty.” -SF Weekly

“A beguiling example of the kind of risk taking that is sadly missing in most modern music” -The Music Fix

“Yes!“ -Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
Personal Songwriting Goals:
Syncs,
Collaboration Goals:
sync placement (film, TV, video games), mainstream artist release